If the moon seems just a bit bigger these past few nights - and also a bit more beautiful - than it usually is, believe it. It is not your imagination.
We are in the rare phase of the 18+ years orbit of the moon when it is at its perigee - closest to the earth in its slightly elliptical orbit.
Which means, according to NASA, that the moon is indeed a full 14% larger in appearance in the sky and 30% brighter than what they call “lesser” moons.
So if ever there were a time to dance in the moonlight, this is the season, and this is the week.
Besides, the peepers are out in Baltimore!! Spring is definitely on its way. In fact, it is here. The spring equinox was last night, 7:21 PM EDT.
(For more information about the moon and its orbit and how it affects our tides, which always amazes me, check out aerospaceweb. It is one of the more readable sites on the subject.)